Things To Do in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon is full of breathtaking natural phenomena, fine wines and culinary delicacies, and award-winning culture. Take a gorgeous drive along the coast or stroll through a quaint historic downtown. There are endless possibilities for activities in the region.

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Winter Recreation

The snow is falling and it’s time to grab your gear and get outside. Whether you like speed, scenery or simply silence, there’s plenty to do here each winter. Here's some recreation information about downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country or Nordic skiing, snowshoe access at Crater Lake and throughout Southern Oregon.

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5 Must-See Waterfalls

On top of the sheer beauty and accessibility, this region is extra special for visitors because it’s less traveled than other popular waterfall destinations. That’s especially the case in the fall, when the savvy waterfall hunter just might feel like they’ve stumbled onto their own little piece of paradise. Here are 5 must-see waterfalls along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers.

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Fall Family Retreats in Ashland

When the fall crush of homework, soccer, carpools and daylight savings becomes too punishing, sometimes there’s only one thing to do: Find a long weekend and pile into the van for a mini family retreat. Often, a good car ride together is the best way to reconnect.

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Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

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Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

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Explore Crater Lake by bike

At Ride the Rim in September, cyclists, runners and hikers get to enjoy the pristine beauty of Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive without vehicle traffic. Photo by Tyler Roemer

When the summer crowds and intense heat fade but the sunshine remains, the air is crisp and the light golden. Late September is a magical time in Oregon’s parks — the perfect time for a joyride on two wheels at either of two organized events: Crater Lake’s Ride the Rim event, and National Bike Your Park Day.

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Winter fishing on the South Coast

Winter-run steelhead are the main attraction because of their size and extremely hard fight.Photo courtesy Wild Rivers Fishing

Oregon’s South Coast is home to some of the best fishing in the West. Hear from an expert why the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers offer unique winter fishing experiences.

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Arch Rock Brewing worth gold

Larry and Marjie Brennan just wanted to make good beer in Southern Oregon. They never imagined they’d be making gold medal-worthy beer on a world stage. But more than three years after opening, Arch Rock Brewing — a tiny 15-barrel brew house and tasting room in Gold Beach — has racked up five gold medals at prestigious national and international beer competitions.

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4 reasons to love the Chetco River

When Oregon has so many stunning waterways to visit and enjoy, what’s so magical about the lesser-known Chetco River? Here are four great reasons from someone who knows the area well.

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Oregon's Outback Scenic Bikeway

The Oregon Outback Scenic BikewayPhoto courtesy Ride With GPS.com

The Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway offers striking scenery and a cycling challenge. Deep in the lightly populated area at the southern center of the state, it offers that sense of exploration you get when you’re the only vehicle on the road. You’ll be surrounded by abundant wildlife and panoramic views, in a place few Oregonians have been.

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